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Sunday, March 3, 2013

The Hidden Beauty of Hibiscus

Triple petal blossom rose of Sharon


Rose of Sharon blossoms


Rose of Sharon

This post connected to Shadow Shot Sunday. My shadow quote follows:

Ceremony leads her bigots forth, prepared to fight for shadows of no worth. While truths, on which eternal things depend, can hardly find a single friend. 
William Cowper 
Research indicates that  viewing nature's beauty or caressing the soft fur of a pet can lower our blood pressure and reduce the harmful effects of stress on our bodies. These pretty flower petals are not just lovely to look at but healthy to ingest too so they will assist us in more than one way. My grand daughter and I gather their petals as the flowers fall from the shrubs and take them inside to brew Rose of Sharon (hibiscus) tea. The tea is slightly citrusy so we add honey. 

Hibiscus petals are also brewed as a tea and used as key ingredient in some of the pricier shampoos to promote healthier and fuller hair. 

The tea, known as sour tea in Iran is enjoyed for its many healing properties. One of the reasons it has an acidic taste is that it has high content of plant acids including citric acid, malic acid, tartaric acid and allo-hydroxycitric acid lactone. Actually the acids are unique to the hibiscus. 

Other interesting and beneficial components of hibiscus are quercitin (also found in apples), alkaloids, and  anthocyanins. For many years it has been widely used for the treatment of upper respiratory health, blood pressure and the maintenance of blood pressure and cholesterol. 

Thank you for your visit today. Take care, stay healthy and God bless!




sources:
http://www.gaiaherbs.com/articles/detail/42/The-Surprising-Health-Benefits-of-Hibiscus
http://healthmad.com/health/rose-of-sharon-lovely-to-look-at-and-healthy-to-eat/





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8 comments:

Chubskulit Rose March 3, 2013 at 8:57 PM  

Rose of sharon and hibiscus are gorgeous flowers. I have plenty of hibiscus in my yard.

Chubskulit Rose March 3, 2013 at 8:59 PM  

I did not know about its quercitin component but hibiscus always reminds me of my childhood as well always played with it when we are pretending to cook.

blogitse March 5, 2013 at 1:48 AM  

Beautiful post!
Today I need to buy some flowers...

Icy BC March 5, 2013 at 6:02 AM  

I want spring Judy! I want to see these beautiful flowers again :-)

Wonderful post and info!

Health Buzz March 5, 2013 at 8:22 AM  

Well researched and well written article. Good to know interesting stuff about Hibiscus!

betchai March 6, 2013 at 8:05 PM  

wow, I did not know about hibiscus tea Judy, and its healing properties, thanks for sharing. We have a lot of this back home and I wonder why we never bothered to make tea out of this, but not too late, I can try.

~✽Mumsy✽~ March 8, 2013 at 7:59 AM  

You took beautiful photos of these pink hibiscus flowers! The amazing health benefits are just remarkable!

Gemma Wiseman March 8, 2013 at 4:05 PM  

Hibiscus come in so many different colours! I thought that was amazing! But I had no idea about the health benefits! Great post!

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